Learn How to Bleach Tie-Dye Your Clothes

4 materials
$10
2 Hours
Easy

I had a couple of pieces that just needed a little extra something. I decided to bleach tie-dye them to give them the transformation they needed. If you have some clothes sitting in your closet that you feel could use a little extra detail, my tutorial is definitely for you! Let me show you all the tips and tricks for using bleach to create the most amazing tie-dye clothing items. I love how simple and easy this technique is! Follow my step-by-step guide and get started on bleach tie-dyeing your clothes to take them to the next level.

Tools and materials:

  • Rubber gloves
  • Bleach
  • Elastic bands
  • Squeeze bottle
Mark the bottle
Make a bleach mix

To make the bleach mix for this amazing DIY, I needed one part bleach and one part water. To make sure I would be accurate, I marked the bottle at its halfway point. I filled my bottle and was ready to get started. 

Twist the shirt
Bleach-dye a black tank top

The first piece I was working with was a black tank top. I laid down plastic to keep my surface nice and clean. I decided to do a gorgeous twist pattern from the corner of the top. I started by twisting the corner inwards and worked my way through the top. 

Add elastics


Once the whole top was twisted, I wrapped my elastic bands around the fabric. 

Twist from the logo
Bleach-dye a colored T-shirt

The next piece was this super-cute pink T. I decided to do another swirl pattern on but this time starting from the logo on the T-shirt. I twisted the T-shirt from the logo and once I had the swirl I wanted, I wrapped the shirt in elastic bands. 

Roll the top
Bleach-dye a long sleeve top

The next item I bleach-dyed was this black long sleeve shirt. For this piece, I decided to use a rolling technique. I twisted the sleeves and then rolled them into the top. 

Put on elastics


I then added two elastics onto each end of the shirt to hold the roll in place. I then added more elastics in the middle.  

Twist from the knees
Bleach-dye track pants

The next piece was a pair of track pants. I debated what style to use for these pants and I chose to use the swirl technique starting at the knee area of the pants. Once the fabric was twisted, I added my elastics and couldn't wait to start bleach dyeing.

Pour the bleach mix
Pour on the bleach

It was finally time for the fun part! I put on my rubber gloves and started pouring the bleach over all of my pieces. I turned the fabric over to make sure I added bleach to both sides. I set a timer for 10 minutes so that the bleach wouldn’t damage my clothes. 

Rinse with water
Rinse the pieces


I then removed the elastic bands from my clothes and rinsed the bleach off of the fabric. 

Put in the wash
Wash the pieces

Once I had rinsed all the pieces, I threw them in the wash. I could not wait to see the end results! 

How to bleach dye clothing


This pink T is so amazing. I love the swirl starting from the logo. 

Easy bleach dye technique


The pants worked perfectly and I just loved the bleach-dye effect on the black. 

Bleached tank top


The tank top is totally awesome! I adore how red the bleach-dye turned out. 

DIY bleach dye technique


The rolling technique turned out incredibly! Which piece is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below! 

Suggested materials:

  • Rubber gloves
  • Bleach
  • Elastic bands
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